Like many dog owners, you may or may not be aware of the benefits to crate training a puppy.
Chances are the breeder and veterinarian recommended you crate train your puppy. Some pet parents feel scared about using a crate because they think it’s cruel or their pup won’t like being locked up. Actually, it’s exactly the opposite.
When dogs live in the wild it’s their natural instinct to live in dens. They use these dens to protect them when they need shelter from predators, harsh weather, and when they have babies. Your pup will naturally feel safe and comfortable in a crate because it’s a den-like environment.
As a pet parent, you shouldn’t feel scared to use a crate because it’s a space your pup naturally seeks out plus it helps prevent them from chewing on items and causing other damage when left home alone.
5 Important Benefits To Crate Training Your Puppy
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1. Crate Training Makes House Training Easier!
Pups don’t like to soil the place where they sleep so using a crate for housetraining helps teach your pup how to hold their bladder. However, make sure you take them outside or show them the right spot where they should go to the bathroom immediately after you let them out of the crate.
2. Helps Keep Your Puppy Calm
Most pups are scared of loud sounds such as thunderstorms and fireworks. They develop anxiety and don’t know where to hide for protection. Providing your pup with a cozy crate that has a blanket helps them feel safe during times when the world around them seems scary or chaotic.
3. Provides a Safe Environment when Left Home Alone
Canines are pack animals and often get nervous when their pack leaves the house to go to work, school, or to run errands. A crate is a safe place for your pup because they feel protected in their own space. Placing your dog in a crate while away from home for a few hours also gives you peace of mind because you don’t need to worry about them getting into something that can harm them in the house.
4. Makes Traveling Easier
Special travel crates are available for air travel to ensure you meet current airline guidelines and provide a secure place for your pup to stay during the trip. Almost any crate is ideal for road trips as long as your pup has room to stand up and turn around. It’s also essential for the interior to have enough room for your pup to stretch out and sleep in any position. Placing a few toys and a blanket inside the crate also helps increase the comfort level and make the trip go smoothly.
5. Makes Veterinarian Visits Easier
Your pup will quickly learn the way to the veterinarian’s office. Some pet parents report their pups start to whine in the car when they see the veterinarian’s office. Placing your pup in a crate helps keep them calm, prevents them from seeing where they are going, and protects them from coming into contact with sick dogs in the waiting room at the veterinarian’s office.
Crate training your puppy is healthy, safe, and essential for their overall well-being. Crates come in a variety of different sizes, styles, and colors. It’s easy to find the perfect option to keep your pup cozy and happy. Start crate training your puppy today to enjoy all the benefits!